PERFECT VILLAIN by JL. Beck and S. Rena
Release Date: January 28th
Dark Romance/ Stalker/ Mafia Romance
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The second our eyes connected I felt the shift in the air.
The crackle of fire igniting between us.
He was dark, dangerous, and secretive.
He came into my life like a storm, ripping apart everything I believed in, everything I thought I knew.
With his mischievous smirk, stunning looks, and alluring behavior I should’ve ran as far away from him as I could.
But I was stupid. I trapped myself in his web. I thought I was safe with him.
Safe in his arms, safe from a past that refused to let go.
Turns out Christian Russo was the past I was running from, and my first mistake was ever thinking I could escape him.
*This is a dark stalker-mafia romance. It contains adult themes, and material that might be triggering to some readers.*
About JL Beck:
J.L. Beck loves good books, wine, and coffee. She’s a lover of words and when she isn’t writing you can find her working on her newest book baby. She started her publishing journey back in 2014 and hasn’t stopped writing since. Living in Wisconsin with her husband, two kiddos, and dogs she wouldn’t trade them for anything. Well, maybe…
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About S. Rena:
S. Rena (Sade Rena) is a USA Today Bestselling Author of Dark Contemporary and Dark Paranormal Romance.
As with her contemporary titles, Sade enjoys spinning tales that are angsty, emotional, and sexy. But because she loves a villain just as much as she loves a hero, she also writes dark, diverse characters who are flawed and morally grey.
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The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎🌎
Character development: 🧐😕😍😗🤯
The heroine(s): Siân Guiliani – The daughter of one of the biggest crime families in Italy. Her parents were killed when she was young and a guardian has been hiding her ever since. They move every few years and change names each time to stay hidden.
The Hero(s): Christian Russo – The son of another one of the biggest crime families in Italy. His mother died when he was young. The Russo’s and the Giuliano’s were rival families that made a deal to have their children marry and produce an heir that will bring the families together. However, treachery ensued and Christian is the only one that knows Siân didn’t die in the fire with her parents.
The Story: Christian has been either searching for or stalking Siân for years. He has found her a few times and nearly enacted his plan to get her five years ago when he was called away by his father. Now he has found her again and is stalking her, planning to make her fall in love with him.
I liked both Christian and Siân, and the supporting characters were great as well. Siân is dating a guy named Raj, whom she is very ambivalent about and has a roommate and best friend named Kyra who doesn’t always act so friendly. Christian sees parts of Siân that her friend and boyfriend don’t see and knows that she is being suffocated in an empty and boring life. He plans to take her away from all that.
This book grabbed me from the get-go and pulled me in more and more as I read on. I love stalker love stories. Despite the fact that in real life it is super creepy and stalkers are generally cuckoo for Coco Puffs. In romance, when the guy is super hot and sexy, the stalking is hot and just shows how much the Hero is obsessed with the heroine. It is funny that in the age we are living with social media, that you can find out so much about a person where it isn’t even technically stalking. It is just something people do when they are interested in someone.
“How do you know I’m a grad student?”
His gaze darkens. “I make a point to learn all the things possible about the person I’m interested in.”
“So, you are a stalker?” I grin.
“If you consider doing a little social media search, then sure, I’m a stalker.” He smiles once more, but the darkness in his eyes lingers.”
I liked the fact that this was told in dual POV flipping between Christian and Siân every other chapter. I just love seeing the thoughts of the stalker anti-hero like this and it was done very well. We see that Christian might just be cuckoo for Coco Puffs and it is a heck of a ride, in a Ferrari 458 Italica no less!
“Stalking is such an ugly word. I wouldn’t call it that at all, especially when all I’ve been doing is monitoring what’s mine.”
I was hoping that this would be a stand-alone, but alas it is the first book and has a cliffhanger. So I now have to wait to find out what happens next!
I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.